IMAGINE_IT's SparkPeople Blog IMAGINE_IT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I had to...... .....write a Blog today <em>334</em> I do realize it is such a cliche to write or post a Blog on Day <em>411</em> of a New Year but I love the following picture so much that I wanted to have it in a Blog. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> .....will be the Year I get the upper Hand on this Weight Loss journey of min... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 20:58:32 EST I have come a long Way...... This is a little update of what I have been up to lately..... <BR> <BR> <BR> I have come a long way......but I am not quite there yet. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Food: I used to eat mindlessly and without tracking. <em>29</em> ....nowadays I track for the most part....I have come a long way....but with this I am not quite there ...YET! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Preplanning my Meals: I have definitely come a long way with this too....but I c... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 13:20:23 EST Germany Trip 2014 with Pics <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Let's start this <em>236</em> right!!! This was the first Meal I had about 5hrs after landing in Germany <em>673</em> <BR> <BR> Wiener Schnitzel....Fried Potatoes and Green Sauce..A Frankfurt Specialty...... <BR> <BR> ...and just look at the Size of the Schnitzel <em>40</em> and just in case you are wondering..YES i ate it all!!! <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> ...moving on...... <BR> <BR> <BR> This is the A... Sat, 24 May 2014 17:31:26 EST Surviving the Holidays...or just another Plan?? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It will be alright.....because with a little planning ahead I can do this...... <em>48</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> No it is..... <BR> <BR> For example: <BR> It does help that I will be working all through the Christmas week...and then New Years too! <BR> <BR> <BR> My son will not be... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 19:29:38 EST I am only 45kg...... .....I overheard a friend of mine tell another girl at the Bus Stop. The other girl was the same weight......and for me that was the Beginning of everything! <BR> <BR> It was the first Time I came aware of 'Weight' and 'Numbers' and soon realized that the 'right Weight' seemed to be very important and something to strive for.....a MUST...or else you are a NOBODY! <BR> <BR> <BR> There I was...standing at the Bus Stop with my friends.....about 14 or so....and I didn't even know how much I w... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 18:12:10 EST Egg Yolks are good <em>490</em> Egg yolks are good! <em>490</em> <BR> <BR> Nutrients in a yolk: Egg yolks are jam packed with fat soluble nutrients these include: Vitamins A, D, E, K and carotenoids. These help you boost your immune system, keep your bones, teeth, and skin healthy, reduce the effects of diabetes, and help you reduce the risk of cancer. <BR> <BR> Also: Yolks have loads of Zinc, Calcium, Folate and vitamin B12. All of which are super important for you. <BR> <BR> But, but, but ma... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 15:01:21 EST More Sweden/Norway Pictures <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 10:51:36 EST Sweden..Norway Vacation.....with lots of Pictures I just returned from....Sweden ...Norway and even a short Visit to Germany. <BR> <BR> In the 2 Weeks I have been gone I saw Nature at its Best....breathtaking Views....and one magic scenery after another.... <em>334</em> <BR> My trip to Sweden started August 8th....I left the house around Flight was at 4 in the afternoon <em>246</em> YES!!! you guessed right........I am one of those people that loves to hang around an Airport early....'just for Fun' and 'just because I finall... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 10:32:01 EST 'How will I know if my Plan works for you'...Eddie said ...Yep...that is what he said......when I ran into him the other day(Been trying to avoid him!!).......first question he asked was: 'How's it are you doing on the much have you lost??" <BR> <BR> Me: <em>2</em> ....ummmm.....I tried to talk around the subject......and tried to make excuses....( always says :NO EXCUSES'!!!!) and that is when he got on my case because I was NOT following the Eating Plan he figured out for me.....or copied and pasted?... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 11:12:37 EST S.M.A.R.T. - You have to have smart Goals (BLC22) The Biggest Loser Challenge 22 started last week <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> One of the first assignments is to 'blog' about my Goals for the next 12 weeks. <BR> <BR> S.M.A.R.TGoals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevent, Time-Bound) <BR> <BR> <BR> S= Specific...or have a Strategy <img src=""> <BR> My Strategy is to finish the Jamie Eason 12 week Livefit Training program...i am starting on Week 7 today....and I am going strong <e... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 08:52:32 EST Update....Going into Phase 2 of the 12 Week Training If you kinda' follow me <em>334</em> (Thank you) you will know that i have started the Jamie Eason 12 week Livefit Training.....and you may wonder if i actually stuck with it....and how i like it...... <BR> <BR> Well...i can proudly announce that i have started Phase 2 this week and i am on Day 31 today <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Phase 1 was easy......but just because there was No cardio whatsoever <em>355</em> but since i am so used to doing cardio...i actually cheated here and there an... Wed, 29 May 2013 12:27:56 EST I have found my Motivation again...a new Program...and I am loving it!!! I have been on 'Cruise Control' for a few months now.....going through the motions...exercise wise..... and getting way too familiar with staying on a Plateau...weight wise <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> It has not been any Fun...and i have been very frustrated.....tried just about everything....just to watch the scale moving up <em>49</em> instead of <em>55</em> <BR> <BR> I belong to a BLC (Biggest Loser Challenge) Team and we are in between challenges.....last week our Captain posted a 'Da... Sat, 4 May 2013 18:03:09 EST Short Picture Story about Burpees!!!!!! Me...ready for Burpees!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Me...after Burpees!!!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 27 Apr 2013 18:36:02 EST Something to brighten your day This is too cute to NOT share....enjoy!!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=youtube_gdata_player </link> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 09:22:25 EST Recipe: Sweet Potato-Quinoa Patties I made these this week...and they are yummy..... <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> Sorry i could not get it 'larger' ...please use your 'zoom level' <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Source: Sun, 7 Apr 2013 19:19:08 EST 2Year Breast Cancer Survivor .....actually it is exactly 2 years and 4months <em>334</em> that i have kicked Cancer's Butt <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> I still have to go see the Oncologist every 4 the Beginning it was every 3 months....and I have now graduated to every 4month.....after the next will go to every 6 month...... <BR> <BR> The Mammo's are every 6 months......and I think this won't change until maybe another year or so...... <BR> <BR> You think it would get easier......but it... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 17:02:40 EST 11 Reasons to Ditch Processed Foods I usually don't 'copy and paste' a whole lot...and especially not a whole article.....but this one is important to me....and hopefully to you......I have been 'eating clean' about 90% of the time and for at least 2yrs now...and along the way i am starting to learn more and more about 'processed Food' and its dangers....... <BR> <BR> <BR> Hidden Kidney Killers <BR> <BR> The Facts: Flavored noodle mixes, processed meats, packaged mac and cheese, soda, frozen dinners, other processed foods,... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 15:25:47 EST I must be Psycho....... Would you like to know what is making me scream... <img src=""> and <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been stuck in the 170's for at least a year now <em>24</em> <BR> no matter what I have tried or am trying.....the <em>192</em> just kind of smirks at me...when I step on it!!! And it is making me totally 'psycho' and not just once I have contemplated to get rid of the scale.....dur... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 10:29:16 EST Motivation Wednesday (or nothing but pictures!!) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Love this idea!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:10:34 EST The Big Climb (w/Pictures) I waited until Sunday to take a Drive to the only 'high' or 'higher' Hill we have in this area....there are a few others.....but i am not able to 'just drive on the Military Base'..... not anymore...(...after i got into a fist the General's "Meet and Greet"....last summer......just kidding!! hehehe.... <em>100</em> ) <BR> <BR> <BR> Sunday's motto was to 'go and do something different..try something new...or like my Son has been telling me:" Mom live outside the ... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 08:36:41 EST How my Life is going to change...... ...once I reach my Goal weight.. <em>334</em> Did you know that reaching your goal weight brings many perks..rewards... and lots of excitement to look forward to?? Yes indeed!! Here are some of mine: <BR> <BR> First of all .....once the news gets out that Taty is finally and at last at her Goal weight...the Knight in shining Armor...who has been waiting forever...... is going to come charging on his Horse.... across mountains....through Rivers....around be with me!!! <em>20... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 12:07:33 EST Nothing but Regrets!!!!!! <img src=""> <BR> I do.....and not just a few <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> but they say... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> or: <img src=""> <BR> <BR> But I still have Regrets...and quite a few....but one of the Main one would be:"Why haven't I started living more healthier years ago....or why did I stop eating healthy and stop going to the ... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 05:14:59 EST Eat healthy....think healthy....(nothing but pictures) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 24 Jan 2013 20:06:50 EST Spark Guy...come is 2013!!! That's is 2013 ..Happy New Year by the way..... <em>408</em> <BR> and it is starting to look bright and <em>67</em> so far in this brandspanking New Year.........but we are still and forever using the same ol' emoticons <em>46</em> and <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now please don't think that I am not grateful for the ones we have...I am <em>334</em> and I use them often....very often....much to my Spark friends delig... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 13:22:09 EST Coulda'...woulda'...shoulda'.....but no Promises....instead a Statement! Coulda'.... stuck to my plan all the way through the End of 2012.......but i didn't!!! <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Woulda'...seen better results........but i didn't!!! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Shoulda'.....been more disciplined.....especially since i know better......but i wasn't!!!! <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Results?? The scale is up....but not just 'up' it is UP......way UP <em>198</em> and it is not even funny.....i am still hoping and praying that it is Sodium....but i am probably..... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 11:22:05 EST 2yr Breast Cancer Survivor and my 1st official 5K..Race for the Cure This is from a Blog I wrote December 8th 2010: <BR> On November 18th 2010 i was diagnosed with Breast doctor just kind of said it..and i will never forget those words....."You have Breast Cancer" right after asking me "How are you?"..... <BR> <BR> December 16th 2012: I will be a 2year Breast Cancer Survivor <em>390</em> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> The Susan G Komen 'Race for the Cure' is held all over the USA to raise awareness about Breas... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 16:35:39 EST Check yourself...... It has been 6 weeks since i started my first Biggest Loser Challenge and it it time to check myself. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Is my original Plan still working.....or do i have to go to Plan B? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Am i still on track with my original goals? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> .... or am i slacking? <BR> <img ... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 17:31:41 EST The Weight Loss Mistake You’re Making ...... You're on a diet and doing fairly well. One day you go to lunch with a friend, and while they are chowing down on a tasty burger you're dutifully eating your spinach salad topped with grilled chicken and olive oil. <BR> <BR> You're following your plan even better than expected. You've got the fiber and antioxidants from the spinach, protein from the chicken, and even some healthy monounsaturated the olive oil. <BR> <BR> You should be proud of the decision you've made, the steps you... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 15:49:12 EST Your body is under attack ........only you probably don't realize it! <BR> <BR> You have no symptoms. You feel fine. Everything seems to be operating normally. <BR> <BR> So what's the problem? <BR> <BR> <BR> Inflammation. It's a normal process that is designed to help your body recover, which causes the occasional ache or pain. In small doses, this is fine. But if you're constantly putting your body under stress--whether from work, illness, or even exercise--your body flips into protection mode. The inflammation ... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 17:02:23 EST Facts About Exercise <em>320</em> <em>312</em> <em>318</em> <em>319</em> <em>237</em> <em>332</em> <em>402</em> <em>329</em> <em>414</em> <em>324</em> <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> There is only one type of exercise that requires you hold your breath in order to accomplish the exercise. What is it? It's swimming underwater. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> If you had every single muscle in your body work together at the same time, you could lift about 50,000 pounds. <BR> <BR> <BR> <... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 15:32:03 EST As long as I exercise, I can eat anything I want ....and some other Myths about weight loss. <BR> <BR> Have you ever had that Thought?.....I will exercise <em>318</em> and then walk..or run <em>185</em> to the nearest Fridge! <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> I know i used to think like that.....but we all know by now...that this is a Myth....because Exercise does NOT constitute a free pass to excessively binge on unhealthy foods. <BR> <BR> You will be undoing all of the hard work that you put into your workout. Just in case you have not got... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:58:52 EST I shall........ have a Plan for the BLC 20 I have read over and over that <img src=""> so after joining the BLC 20 and catching the Warrior Fever <em>104</em> <em>244</em> you can tell i am on the Amber Amazon Warrior Team....i decided this time around i am totally giving it my 100%....because i want to get to my Goal weight so badly...that i can feel it is right around the corner!! <BR> <BR> I spent hours to come up with just the right <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 14:41:34 EST Warning: Motivation ahead!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 3 Sep 2012 16:50:57 EST Before Pictures and Goals for the next 12 Weeks (Biggest Loser Challenge) I decided to 'not only post "before' pictures but also make another Vision Board which includes some of my Goals for the next 12 weeks..... <BR> <BR> <BR> 1.Staying alive <em>334</em> .....very important goal!!!....cause otherwise i won't be able to achieve goals 2 through 10!! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> 2.Keeping the Faith <em>296</em> (I foresee NO Problem here!!) <BR> <BR> <BR> 3. Getting out of debt <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> 4. Saving some serious money <em>10</em... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 10:18:47 EST Biggest Loser Challenge Vision Board <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 25 Aug 2012 15:08:33 EST Facts you may like to know..and a yummy salad recipe <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (Sorry that the writing came out so small) <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR>... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 15:56:49 EST I gained 3lbs over night??!! Water weight...and a 'Must see' video So i am back to working out....sweating up a storm....eating lots of vegetables...staying away from sweets...drinking my water....because that is all i ever drink....besides my Green Tea.....I am doing all the right things...but when i stepped on the scale earlier (i weigh myself once a day...when i wake up and AFTER i use the restroom) the scale 'grins' at me and lights up with 175.4 <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday i weight 172.8!! You have to be kidding me...... <BR> I know it is water w... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 15:07:44 EST Joining a Team and Determination is a Must least it is for me.....once again!!! <BR> <BR> After sitting on the Spark sidelines for the past 18months due to Health issues....and also due to thinking i could manage on my own.... <em>211</em> <BR> I decided to join another team..the SAC challenge....which is starting on Wednesday 07/25/12. <BR> <BR> Not belonging to a Spark team worked for a while...also not participating in a challenge..... worked for a while: <BR> <BR> <BR> ....i continued to exercise.... <BR> <BR> ..i s... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 01:02:37 EST I can't do this alone...... after taking a long Break from challenges......I have join another challenge.... <BR> <BR> There were several reasons that made me stop participating in a Spark team..... <BR> 1. I had to fully recover from Breast Cancer <BR> <BR> 2. The challenges became kinda' boring <BR> <BR> 3. I couldn't fully participate in the daily forum due to time issues..and after a wile one tends to feel 'left behind' or 'out of touch' once you able to check in <BR> <BR> 3. Most of all ... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 19:35:55 EST Last weeks Car accident.....just when i thought i was on "easy street'!!! <img src=""> <BR> ..well actually it was a HOT and still very light evening..but this was the best image i could find for my introduction! <BR> <BR> It happened saturday a week ago....while i was driving to work...going almost 60mph...because that is the speed limit on that highway...the person that hit me had came to a stop as he has to....since he was getting ready to enter the highway....and since there is a STOP sign....but when i go... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 09:42:44 EST I have been sloppy....'Before and 'After' pics..and a little Update <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Really???? I don't know how true this statement is when it comes to me..because i have been 'sloppy' all over the place!! <BR> <BR> But before i get into all that....let me give you an update: <BR> <BR> Overall i am doing well...last week i had the 3rd 'after-cancer' check up...all test results came back 'good' ....there is still one test (tumor marker)where i am waiting to hear the results......i usually get t... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 16:52:53 EST Dear SparkPeople: I failed miserably!!! :( Dear Spark People: How many times am i allowed to start over?? <BR> <BR> This was supposed to be Week 2 of the 'Official Tame your sweet tooth challenge' for me...well actually i was supposed to be in week 4 by now...but...i hate to say it: I failed miserably!! <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> And the guilt is laying heavily on me! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ...i am starting to think....that this challenge may not be for me...because all week i was... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 14:33:41 EST "Tame your chocolate Monster"....week 1 ....or also known as 'Tame your sweet tooth challenge'!!! <BR> <BR> The week was off to a great start..i didn't crave anything sweet on dropping down into the 160's really motivated me to stay strong!!! <BR> <BR> Saturday: <em>248</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Sunday: I think this was the day when i ate a whole pint of icecream <em>198</em> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> .....on Monday ??? It was back to plan A..... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 12:32:40 EST Sugar shock!!!!! 1st week of 'Tame your sweet tooth challenge' <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ...i get tempted..a anything that contains chocolate.....or remotely looks like chocolate!!! <em>24</em> <BR> So while 'surfing' Spark the other work..(pssssst!!!) ....on my IPod...i came across the 'Tame your sweet tooth challenge'! <BR> "Perfect for me' i thought..and i joined. <BR> <BR> Week 1 assignment is easy and all i have/had to do was: <BR> <BR> 1. Assess my current sugar hab... Fri, 23 Mar 2012 17:40:32 EST SparkGuy's answer on my 'Occupy Blog <em>410</em> First of all i want to <em>304</em> for all your replies..suggestions and ideas you left on my 'Occupy Blog'. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> Yes it is true...somehow i appointed myself to be the 'Emoticon/Goodie' Spokesperson for Spark.... <em>246</em> <BR> (I am NOT getting paid!!) <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> What can i say??!!! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> To the ones that said "emoticons/goodies' are not the reason that we are here on Spark...I would l... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 14:16:56 EST Mission 'Occupy SparkGuy's page (Please vote 'like') That's right Chris..we (well at least i hope that there are plenty of my fellow Sparklers behind me!!!!) but for right now...while i am typing is only little ol' me!!! to : <img src=""> your Page... <BR> <BR> .....But of course I come in <img src=""> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Not sure if you remember ...i know you are a very busy man....but on May30th i wrote a Blog and ask... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 13:28:06 EST Updates..and The BIG HIKE (with pics) It has been a while since i 'blogged'.....but here i am <em>213</em> <BR> with a little update: <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> As of December 2011 i am an official Breast Cancer survivor. <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> I already had 2 'after cancer' in September and one in January. <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> Both tests came back 'Normal'!! I am so very grateful for that. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> While i was going through chemo and radiation i kept up with exer... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 12:14:42 EST Breast Cancer Update....and pics Here is a short summary of my past 11 or so months.... <BR> <BR> November 18th, 2010 was one of the darkest and most scariest days of my life because on that day i was diagnosed with Stage1 Breast Cancer.... <BR> ...and whenever i let my Thoughts 'go there' it still takes my breath Heart starts to race...and my palms start to was an awful day! I try not to think about that day very often. <BR> <BR> On December 16th i had a Lumpectomy and the 2 tiny tumors were completely... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 16:23:36 EST Update...on the 1000 ..... i am referring to my personal challenge from last Saturday (25th) to get 1000 Fitness minutes..... <BR> ... i still needed 303min....and there were 5days son was coming to visit for that week....and well....i am still not at 100% energy and strength wise....and it sure didn't look too promising..because whenever my Son is in town....we are always busy with all type of activities....other then exercise!! <BR> <BR> ..BUT NO EXCUSES..right??!! plus....i was DETERMINED!!! <em>2... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 20:31:15 EST My Personal Challenge: Can i make it to 1000...?? I usually don't put out my own little challenges for the World (Spark friends) to see...but i may have to start doing that on a regular basis..because i do believe if i 'write it' i will try my all to 'do it'!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> I take a lot of Pride in achieving at least 1000 fitness minutes a month...well that has been a little hard to do the past few months...the reasons are in a couple of my other Blogs.....for the ones that may have stopped by my Blog for the 1st time <em>247</em> ........ Sat, 25 Jun 2011 11:49:26 EST